January 25 - Updates on COVID-19
The Terminator, aka former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, quotes his movie character (“Come with me if you want to live”) after getting the vaccine last week. He forgot to add “I’ll be back” in three weeks for a second dose.
TODAY'S CAMPUS UPDATES
10 new campus cases*
From Friday to Sunday, seven student residents and three campus employees tested positive for COVID-19. The number of active cases fell from 101 on Thursday to 89 on Sunday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
GENERAL COVID-19 NEWS
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California ends stay-at-home orders
The change will allow businesses such as restaurants to resume outdoor dining in many areas, although local officials could choose to continue stricter rules. The move follows criticism that Gov. Newsom wouldn’t disclose the data being used to project ICU capacity.
Moderna working on vaccine booster for new variant
The current vaccine is less protective against the mutation discovered in South Africa, so the company is developing a new form of its vaccine that could be used as a booster shot.
California ranks dead last in administering vaccine
On the plus side, California has gotten better at administering its available COVID-19 vaccines, going from a 27.5% usage rate two weeks ago to a 37.3% usage rate last week. But other states also picked up the pace, leaving California 50th out of 50 states in percentage of shots used.
Major drop in California cases and hospitalizations
This past weekend, there were fewer COVID patients being treated in hospitals around the state than at any point since the week before Christmas. But deaths remain high.
HOPE, INSPIRATION, LAUGHTER
Amid the heartbreaking loss of life and economic hardship wrought by the coronavirus, we recognize the need for stories of kindness, hope, courage and humor.
Ex-KROQ deejay launches good news show
Kevin Ryder (of Kevin & Bean fame) and Mike Catherwood (another KROQ alum) have teamed up to showcase uplifting stories on YouTube, Spotify and Apple. Interesting side note: Ryder says he has had COVID-19 twice.
A virtual tour of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art
See paintings, sculpture, designer dresses, ink drawings and much more.
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